Skeptical Solutions. Provocations of Philosophy

The conference is co-organised by G. Anthony Bruno and Abby Rutherford. It brings together an international group of scholars who specialise in skepticism’s profound impact on and importance for the history of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and language. It is open to the public.

Our conference title speaks to the concessions compelled by skepticism, while its subtitle evokes a double sense of “of”: the negative sense of the skeptical challenge to philosophy and the positive sense of philosophy’s rising to this challenge. We aim to explore the ways in which skepticism represents both an obstacle to and a catalyst for philosophical thinking – both the burden of excising dogma and the opportunity of being at one’s reflective best. Our hope is that the interaction of philosophers of diverse backgrounds will inspire new insights into the undermining strategies of skeptical positions, on the one hand, and the strongest responses to these strategies, on the other.

The conference sponsors include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the International Centre for Philosophy at the University of Bonn.

Here you find the homepage of the conference.

Date: 26/11/2014 - 28/11/2014
Location: Festsaal der Universität Bonn
Am Hof 1
53113 Bonn

Vorschaubild Duncan Pritchard: Two Conceptions of Radical Scepticism
Vorschaubild Brady Bowman: Skepticism and Intellectual Freedom
Vorschaubild Donald Ainslie: Hume and the Sceptical Malady
Vorschaubild Abby Rutherford: Academic Skepticism and Epistemic Warrant
Vorschaubild Michael N. Forster: The Homeric Contribution to Skepticism
Vorschaubild G. Anthony Bruno: Skepticism as Summons
Vorschaubild James Conant: Matter and Form. Two Ways of Distinguishing
Vorschaubild Markus Gabriel: What Kind of Idealist (if any) is Hegel?
Vorschaubild Hannah Ginsborg: Skepticism and Quietism about Meaning and Normativity
Vorschaubild Owen Ware: Skepticism in Kant´s Grounding of Morality